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Our team by your side in a world of innovation

Our clients operate in a changing and international environment, seizing opportunities. Digital and technological developments, economic, financial and health crises, the ecological transition, and the internationalisation of exchanges and practices are having a major impact on players in the banking and finance sector and are contributing to these fast-paced changes, which require significant expertise.

Our Banking & Finance team is a recognised leader in the sector, both in France (35 lawyers) and abroad (550 lawyers). Our lawyers are reliable partners, who are on-hand to offer first-rate technical expertise to set up and finance innovative projects and help our clients overcome their difficulties.

Our team to support the development and financing of your projects

Based on our wealth of experience with financial institutions, corporates, asset managers, funds and public entities, we have an open approach to your challenges and share with our clients our knowledge of the market, its players and its practices. Our flexible and international team operates in more than 40 jurisdictions around the world, enabling it to respond to all your needs, for your domestic and multi-jurisdictional transactions.

Our business lines are organised as specialist global teams

  • Insurance
  • Banking and financial litigation
  • Derivatives
  • Corporate and general financing
  • Project financing
  • Acquisition financing
  • Real estate financing
  • Investment funds
  • Capital markets (DCM and ECM)
  • Bank restructuring
  • Banking and financial services
  • Securitisation & Asset-Backed Finance

Chambers Global
Banking & Finance: Financial Services Regulations

What the team is known for
Recognised practice well equipped to act on a wide range of financial regulatory matters, including compliance, sanction proceedings, fund structuring and blockchain. Also excels in the setting-up of French payment institutions and investment entities.

Chambers Global

Capital Markets

What the team is known for
Particularly highly regarded for its debt and structured finance expertise. Assists with the drafting of German or English law-governed security agreements. Advises issuers or arrangers and dealers on a range of transactions involving Euro PPs, green bonds, the issuance of covered bonds and the establishment of EMTN programmes. Offers further experience in trade receivables securitisation, leveraging close ties with offices in the network to advise major French and international banks.

Chambers Europe

Capital Markets

Clients highlight the lawyers' accessibility, saying: "They are easy to approach and the partners are actively involved in the discussions. They are quick to respond, easy and constructive to work with."

Clients say: "The high quality of the service provided in a short timeframe was really impressive," and add: "The lawyers' responsiveness and ability to provide tailor-made legal advice is really appreciated."

Legal 500 EMEA

Derivatives and structured finance

Grégory Benteux head's the securitisation and structured finance team at CMS, which demonstrates particular strength advising on the structuring of trade receivables and financing receivables, including the prudential treatment and other regulatory aspects of receivables transactions. Additionally, the practice group has carved out a niche as specialists in non-performing loans and unlikely-to-pay loans, as well as  housing experts in transactions regarding more exotic assets, such as tax receivables and receivables over public entities. Other specialisms include green derivatives, advisory work on the impact of changes to derivatives and securities regulation, and off-balance sheet treatments. Cross-border matters account for a significant portion of the caseload, especially transactions involving German or English law for which the French team joins forces with colleagues from the firm's relevant local offices. Marc-Etienne Sébire is overall head of the capital markets practice to which the securitisation and structured finance group belongs.


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Financement de Projet
Notre équipe Financement de Projet intervient dans le domaine de l’énergie, des infrastructures et des télécommunications, aussi bien dans la structur
MIFID, compliance, dematerialisation, Basel II, deregulation, disintermediation, removal of barriers: the financial sector is undergoing rapid and pro
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Capital Markets
The Capital Markets team advises issuers (public and private), financial institutions and other participants on all types of capital markets transacti
Financial Services
MIFID, compliance, dematerialisation, Basel II, deregulation, disintermediation, removal of barriers. The financial sector is changing rapidly and rad
Securitisation & Asset-Backed Finance
Global expertise in securitisation & asset-backed financeOur team is involved for over twenty years in a wide range of securitisation and asset-backed
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Structured financing
From globalisation and market sophistication to fiercer competition at a domestic and international level, greater regulatory pressure and increasing


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